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In spiritual mode
By Faridul Anwar Farinordin and
Nov 5 2005:
PLAYING THE ANGEL
A PRODUCT of Britains new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the
quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical
identity based completely around the use of synthesisers, the band saw out the entire
alternative rock movement spearheaded by grunge and continues a steady pace towards the
stratosphere of legend.
Whether its dramatic and sometimes almost gothic sound were by design or a matter of
survival is up for debate but that debate will be a pretty inconsequential one. Playing
The Angel is quite simply, a return to greatness.
Prior to this release, vocalist Dave Gahan, said that being in Depeche Mode was better
than it has been in 15 years. Some quick math points to the epochal Violator era. So
Ultra, Exciter and Songs of Faith and Devotion be damned, Dave friggin Gahan wants
you to know that this one is the bomb.
Virtually every song has a religious dimension, with narrator as either believer,
blasphemer or repenter. Not unfamiliar for a band that produced Personal Jesus, but here,
theres less irony, more bald-faced truth or, at least, the search for it.
The biggest clue is the footnote on the rear art, "pain and suffering in various
The result is obviously precious but engagingly so. Its polished but unmanipulated.
It is somehow today whilst being 1990. This 25-year-old band is showing its age, the same
way the best wines do. ST
Selected tracks: A Pain That
Im Used To, John the Revelator, The Sinner In Me, Macro
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